Freeman, Bradford Paved Way For GabbertApril 21st, 2011
Lots of Bucs fans snickered and sneered when Raheem Morris said he likely would have taken Josh Freeman No. 1 overall in the 2009 draft, if the Bucs somehow had that pick.
In hindsight, probably no Bucs fan would be annoyed if that had indeed happened.
But today Raheem got a little backup from quarterbacks guru and former college head coach and NFL quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Terry Shea, who tutored Freeman and Matthew Stafford for several weeks prior the 2009 draft.
“Stafford should have been No. 1 overall, but Freeman would have been my No. 2 overall. I told everyone who came to me [asking about Freeman] but nobody would listen,” Shea said today on 1040 AM to ex-Bucs co-hosts Anthony Becht and Ryan Nece.
Shea said Freeman and Sam Bradford, last year’s No. 1 overall pick, “paved the way” for NFL teams realizing college quarterbacks that primarily took shotgun snaps can “transition to dropback mechanics” quickly and successfully.
Shea, who tutored Blain Gabbert this winter, says he’s confident “Gabbert is No. 1 overall.”
Now Joe doesn’t know whether the veteran coach is just pumping up guys who hired him for what he described as 10 weeks of private coaching, but Shea sure seemed genuine on the air.